Fossil Butte National Monument
Explore one of the world’s largest deposits of freshwater fish fossils at Fossil Butte National Monument.
The area’s calm water, lack of scavengers and fine sediment all worked together to create the perfect conditions for preserving these prehistoric fossils. Today, Fossil Butte National Monument protects Fossil Lake and portions of the Green River Lake ecosystem, rich with fish, alligator, bat, turtle, small horse, insect and plant fossils. During the summer, you can join the Fossil Butte Quarry Program and help search for fossils, which Fossil Butte collects for their scientific research. Be sure to visit Fossil Butte’s visitor center with over 300 fossils on display. Visitors can also take a ride along the site’s scenic drive, stop for lunch at a designated picnic area, take a hike around the area or attend a ranger program.
The 53 Million-Year-Old Treasures of Fossil Lake: Fossil Hunting in Wyoming
This adventure was millions of years in the making. We go on an exciting fossil-hunting expedition and learn about the incredible history of geologic and cultural wonders of Wyoming. Our hosts journey back in time for a quest to unearth new fossils and take in ancient rock art at White Mountain Petroglyphs – as well as find time for modern adventures at the nearby Killpecker Sand Dunes.
Paleontology in Wyoming
Wyoming is one of the best places to learn about not just dinosaurs but paleontology in general just because the area is so fossil-rich.
Know Before You Go
Before you set out on your epic adventure, explore what you need to know so your Wyoming vacation goes off without a hitch.